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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
As we've seen, one of the ways that we can use the HSL controls is to simply come up with some fun and creative ways to work with color. All that I want to do here is share with you yet another example of how we can have some fun with color. Well, I'm going to start off in the Basic panel. In the Basic panel, I simply want to increase my Exposure, add a little bit of Contrast. So, I'll go ahead and do that by clicking on the Exposure slider, boost up the Contrast there, and then just find just the right amount, perhaps a little bit of Fill Light as well. Next, we're navigating to the HSL controls.
Now, here what I want to do is shift the color of the word ANTIQUES on the sign. Well, to do that, I can go ahead and simply modify, in my Hue panel, that color. I can change this color to perhaps something different. I'll go ahead and make this a little bit more of a muted blue there. All right. Well, what else could we do here? Let's go ahead and make our way over to Luminance. This can be kind of interesting. We could also work with the brightness of the color there on the sign, brightening that or darkening it. We could work on the leaves, right? Lot of those green leaves, we could really make those kind of come out or snap out a little bit more.
We could work on the brightness of that backdrop. And here we have kind of an interesting color combination that really wasn't there previously. Press the P key. Here is our before and then our after. Now, if we want to get even more creative, let's go to Saturation. One of the interesting things about this image is there aren't a lot of colors in it. So, if we de-saturate, say the Oranges, what we can really do is reduce almost all of the color in the image except for that on the sign and also in the leaves. From here, we could go in and make some other changes.
We could also modify those leaves if we want to, either saturating them or de-saturating them. We can work with this in some pretty interesting ways. You can see how we can change the overall tonality of this image. Now, it'd be nice to bring the Blues out little bit more. So I'll go ahead and saturate some of those tones. Again, we just have another way to process this image by targeting specific colors that lead us to something that's creative and unique. A lot of times, when you do things like this, you may get to this point and say, you know what? I'm not necessarily going to print this image this way or post it on my Web site.
But nonetheless, by creative with these HSL controls, it can really help you deconstruct how they work. And eventually, sometimes, if you get lucky, it can lead to some pretty creative and interesting results.
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